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The Marine Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) Regulations 2017

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2.—(1) In these Regulations—

“the 2010 Act” means the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010(1);

“additional information” means—

(a)

supplementary information required in accordance with regulation 21(2); or

(b)

any other information provided by the applicant which, in the opinion of the Scottish Ministers, is substantive information about a matter to be included in the EIA report in accordance with regulation 6(2);

“applicant”—

(a)

means in relation to an application for a regulatory approval, the applicant; and

(b)

for the purposes of regulations 10, 11, 14 and 15, includes a person who is minded to make an application for a regulatory approval;

“application for multi-stage regulatory approval” means an application for approval, consent or agreement required by a condition included in a regulatory approval where (in terms of the condition) that approval, consent or agreement must be obtained from the Scottish Ministers before all or part of the works permitted by the regulatory approval may be begun;

“application website” means a website maintained by the applicant for the purpose of making publicly available information relating to applications to which these Regulations apply;

“consenting authority” means, in relation to a project, any authority whose consent to any activity to be undertaken in the course of the project is required under any enactment;

“the consultation bodies” means—

(a)

any relevant local planning authority;

(b)

Scottish Natural Heritage, established under section 1 of the Natural Heritage (Scotland) Act 1991(2);

(c)

the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, established under section 20 of the Environment Act 1995(3);

(d)

Historic Environment Scotland, established by section 1 of the Historic Environment (Scotland) Act 2014(4); and

(e)

any relevant authority;

“decision notice” has the meaning given in regulation 23;

the Directive” means Directive 2011/92/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment(5);

“EIA application” means an application for a regulatory approval for an EIA project;

“EIA project” means works which are either—

(a)

schedule 1 works; or

(b)

schedule 2 works likely to have significant effects on the environment by virtue of factors such as their nature, size or location;

“EIA report” has the meaning given in regulation 6;

“electronic communication” has the meaning given in section 15(1) of the Electronic Communications Act 2000(6);

“environmental impact assessment” has the meaning given in regulation 5;

“environmental information” means—

(a)

the EIA report submitted in respect of the proposed works;

(b)

any additional information submitted in respect of the works;

(c)

any representations made by any consultation body, or other public body, consulted in respect of the works in accordance with these Regulations; and

(d)

any representations duly made by any other person about the environmental effects of the works;

“environmental statement” has the meaning given in the Marine Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2007(7) as those Regulations had effect immediately prior to the date on which these Regulations came into force;

“exempt works” means works in respect of which either—

(a)

the Scottish Ministers have made a direction under regulation 8; or

(b)

the Scottish Ministers have, under regulation 9, determined that an environmental impact assessment is not required;

“marine licence” means a marine licence granted under Part 4 of the 2010 Act;

“marine protected area” means an area designated as—

(a)

a nature conservation marine protected area;

(b)

a demonstration and research marine protected area; or

(c)

a historic marine protected area,

by a designation order made by the Scottish Ministers under section 67 of the 2010 Act;

“multi-stage regulatory approval” means an approval, consent or agreement given pursuant to an application for multi-stage regulatory approval;

“regulated activity” means an activity for which a regulatory approval is required;

“regulatory approval” means—

(a)

a marine licence granted under Part 4 of the 2010 Act; or

(b)

a variation under said Part 4 of such a marine licence;

“relevant assessment” means, in relation to proposed works, an assessment, or verification, of effects on the environment carried out pursuant to national legislation which is relevant to the assessment of the environmental impacts of the proposed works;

“relevant authority” means—

(a)

where a regulated activity is likely to have a significant effect on the environment of Northern Ireland, or the Northern Ireland inshore region (within the meaning of section 322 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009(8)), the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland; or

(b)

where a regulated activity is likely to have a significant effect on the environment of England or the English offshore region (within the meaning of section 322 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009), the Marine Management Organisation or, as the case may be, the Secretary of State;

“relevant local planning authority” means—

(a)

any authority that is a planning authority for the purposes of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997(9) in or adjacent to whose area the regulated activity is prepared to be carried out; and

(b)

where the regulated activity is carried out in or adjacent to a National Park(10), the National Park authority for the National Park;

“Scottish marine protection area” has the meaning given in section 65 of the 2010 Act;

“schedule 1 works” means works, other than exempt works, of a description set out in schedule 1;

“schedule 2 works” means works, other than exempt works, of a description set out in column 1 of schedule 2 where—

(a)

any part of the works is to be carried out in a sensitive area; or

(b)

any applicable threshold or criterion in the corresponding part of column 2 of that table is respectively exceeded or met in relation to the works;

“scoping opinion” means an opinion adopted by the Scottish Ministers as to the scope and level of detail of information to be provided in the EIA report;

“screening opinion” means an opinion adopted by the Scottish Ministers as to whether works are, or are not, an EIA project;

“sensitive area” means any of the following:—

(a)

a site of special scientific interest;

(b)

land in respect of which an order has been made under section 23 of the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004(11);

(c)

a European site within the meaning of regulation 10 of the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994(12);

(d)

a property appearing in the World Heritage List kept under article 11(2) of the 1972 UNESCO Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage(13);

(e)

a scheduled monument within the meaning of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979(14);

(f)

a National Scenic Area as designated by a direction made by the Scottish Ministers under section 263A(15) of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997;

(g)

an area designated as a National Park; and

(h)

a marine protected area;

“site of special scientific interest” has the meaning given in section 58(1) of the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004(16);

Union legislation” means any enactment in the national legislation giving effect to rights, powers, liabilities, obligations and restrictions from time to time created or arising by or under the EU Treaties; and

“works” means the carrying out of activities for which a regulatory approval is required, unless the context otherwise requires;

(2) Expressions used both in these Regulations and in the Directive (whether or not also used in the 2010 Act) have the same meaning for the purposes of these Regulations as they have for the purposes of the Directive.

(3) In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires, references to a relevant local planning authority in relation to works in, on, over or under sea, are references to such planning authority or planning authorities as the Scottish Ministers consider appropriate in respect of the proposed works.

(4) In these Regulations, where an applicant submits a revised or a supplementary EIA report (or a report which that person refers to as such) any reference to an EIA report is to be treated as including a reference to that revised or supplementary EIA report.

(5)

OJ L 26, 28.1.2012, p.1 as amended by Directive 2014/52/EU.

(6)

2000 c.7. Section 15(1) was amended by the Communications Act 2003 (c.21), schedule 17, paragraph 158.

(10)

National Parks are designated by designation orders made by the Scottish Ministers under section 6(1) (making of designation orders) of the National Parks (Scotland) Act 2000 (asp 5).

(12)

S.I. 1994/2716. Regulation 10 is amended by S.S.I. 2004/474 and S.S.I. 2007/80.

(13)

See Command Paper 9424.

(14)

1979 c.46.

(15)

Section 263A was inserted by section 50 of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006 (asp 17).

(16)

Section 58(1) was relevantly amended by section 37(4)(a) of the Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011 (asp 6).

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